Mr. E: I spent all of my childhood prior to age 13 traveling, living out of vans and casinos. One of the ways my parents kept me busy was to send me outside with some chalk and let me draw all over the sidewalk, roads, walls, and whatever else I could find (turtle shells and car hoods were my favorite). Eventually I got my hands on some paint markers and started drawing on windows and the back of the paintings hanging in hotel & motel rooms. Then one day, around the age of 10, down in Georgia, a female John Wayne impersonator gave me a can of spray paint to use on her shed and that flipped my world upside down. I remember feeling like a goddamn wizard, waving my arm around and these paintings of faces, dinosaurs, and whatever else was on my prepubescent mind would appear on the wall. I was hooked. All the kids I knew were still finger painting (except this kid Cody, he would use ketchup and then start licking his paintings, he was a strange egg), I wanted no part in that. All I wanted to do was use spray paint and paint as big as possible. So I guess I got into street art before I even knew what street art was.
Mr. E: I like using using everything, spray paint, acrylics, oils, pen, sharpies, pastel sticks, charcoal, anything with pigment. I get bored easily so I like mixing every medium I can. But if I had to choose just one, a chisel and a hammer. I'm obsessed with ancient art, hieroglyphics, the Smaragdine Table, all that. You can run around and put up thousands of tags but that shit will be buffed or capped over time. I'll be the one chiseling into stone and my tag will be there for thousands of years. My paintings will all be covered or disintegrate over time, my sculptures and rock carvings will be around forever.
Mr. E: That all depends what you're into. If you're a graff head, RIME & Smug are the illest, if you're into fine art check out Yue Minjin, if you like abstract Mars-1 is untouchable, looking for surrealism, check out Interesni Kazki, Rustam Qbic, Os Gemeos, and Etam Cru. My other honorable mentions are Dulk, Seth, Aryz, Borondo, Word to Mother, Doze Green, Anthony Micallef, Titifreak, Mr. Blob, & Blu.
Thanks, Eugene "Mr. E" Stetz, for such fascinating stories!